Today we found more memorable quotations from Qin Gang, the eloquent and gifted public face of the Brave New China.
The first is from China Digital Times:
My sincere thanks to Xiao Qiang for the original source and the English translation.
Date: 26 July 2009
Event: It was the Open Day of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. After Qin had finished boasting about the achievement of the Ministry, he came up with the brilliant idea of a mock-up press conference. Everyone was given a chance to play the role of a reporter and ask Qin a question. Chen Delin, a professor from the Beijing United University, managed to get hold of the microphone. He asked, “What principles do you follow when you answer questions from Chinese and foreign reporters?”
Qin Gang answered:
Stand your ground firmly. Your bottom decides where your brain is (站稳立场 屁股决定脑袋). A spokesman first must be loyal to the motherland and people, and second he needs to grasp policies comprehensively and with familiarity. With these two skills, there are no difficult questions that cannot be answered.
Thanks to Qin Gang, now we have a much better idea of how his brain is connected to his bottom. We also know how this connection is essential for making him a better public face of China.
The next memorable quotation is from our friend JR from the JustRecently Weblog:
Date: 17 July 2009
Event: In a regular press conference, a reporter asked Qin Gang, “Some Chinese media have made a comparison between Rebiya Kadeer and the Dalai Lama. What is the Chinese Government’s view on this?”
To this Qin Gang gave a brilliant answer :
One is female and the other one is male (他们一个是女的，一个是男的). But they do have one thing in common, and that is they are both engaging in activities that aim at splitting the motherland and doing harm to ethnic unity.
As JR has correctly put it, if you’ve ever accused Qin Gang of not knowing the difference between the two leaders in exile, you might want to eat your words now.